The original name of this recipe is Half-Hour Chicken and Leek Stew. I lopped off the beginning because it took a bit longer. But it was worth it.
I expected to love this dish from eatingwell.com and wanted leftovers, so I doubled it for three of us. I didn’t double the gnocchi because of the carbs, and I added protein in the form of four Spinach & Asiago Chicken Sausages from Sam’s Club.
When I collect recipes, they often languish for a while (sometimes years) before I try them. Witness my 16 three-ring binders packed with untried recipes. But not this one. We recently defrosted our basement freezer and came across a package of chicken sausage among the forgotten treasures. Then I found this recipe on Pinterest.
We like this soup a lot, and don’t care that it doesn’t resemble most tortilla soups. My sister’s, for example, is a spicy tomato broth to which chicken, cheese, tortilla chips and other items are added. It’s tasty. Applebee’s version is very cheesy and smooth. Also tasty. But we love our veggies, so this hearty (and mild for the hubby) version is perfect for us.